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  1. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip He's back! After speculation circling regarding p. Rice's future, it has been confirmed that the "great one" is back after a period out of the game! He has signed with lowly division 3 outfit southampton and hopes to lead them back to the top! More news to follow!
  2. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip UNSTOPPABLE? Leeds United continued their unbeaten run with a 6-1 win over Port Vale. it put Leeds to the top of the table, one point above Ipswich. 1ST HALF The game started quickly with Stewart downing grabbing the opener after less than 2 minutes of football. After a goalmouth scramble the ball was poked over the line by the right foot of Downing. In the 17th minute Alberto Paloschi was booked for shirt pulling. The card came after 10 minutes of sustained pressure from Port Vale. But the United defence held strong and quickly countered with a slick passing move. Th ball was then expertly finished by Paloschi who had responded perfectly to his booking. More pressure from Port Vale ensued with all Alberto Paloschi the only man left up in attack by United, even Hoarau was getting on the defensive action by putting in some tough but fair tackles. In the 28th minute Paloschi then added his second with a header after a cross from Downing on the left hand side. This goal put Paloschi top of the goalscoring charts with 21 goals in just 19 appearances! A quick goal then followed with Fangzhou Dong scoring for the home side, but the goal proved to only be a consolation. Provider then turned scorer as Downing got on the score sheet 4 minutes before half time with a header. 2ND HALF The second half opened with Andy Reid recieving yellow. The captain got the yellow after a high challenge. Sub Armand Traore then scored after just 5 minutes on the pitch. The Frenchman was put through on goal and coolly finished the ball. United then dominated the next 20 minutes of action and the goals were rounded off with Downing clinching his hat trick with a left footed volley. It was also a "Perfect Hat Trick" as Stewart scored with his head, left foot and right. Hat-Trick hero Downing. After the game manager Rice was unavailable for comment as he promised not to talk to the press until promotion was secured.
  3. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip LEEDS DOMINATE AGAIN BUT CANT WIN AGAINST EXPERIENCED WEDNESDAY! Leeds Uniteds' midweek game at home to Sheffield Wednesday ended in a 2-2 draw. Leeds went into the game on the back of a defeat in the League Cup against Burnley, they were playing an extermely experienced Wednesday sie which included players such as Ricardo, Grygera, Pasqual, Perea, Perrotta and Nuno Gomes to name just a few. Leeds dominated the first 10 minutes with an intense start and even centre-back Mathijsen was joining in the attack. They took the lead after 6 minutes when Ricardo crumbled under the pressure and fumbled the ball. It landed at Hoarau's feet who tapped in for his 4th goal in 5 games. Guilherme's replacement in the starting line-up then hit a powerful strike just wide after good build up play with Franco Zuculini and Javi Garcia at the heart of it all. Wedensday then had a ten-minute spell in which they could not break down the Leeds rearguard. Leeds then extended their lead with a sublime goal from Captain Fantastic Andy Reid. After controlling the ball from a Hoarau header he curled the ball inside the post from outside from outside the area. What was even more astonishing was that he scored it with his right. The second half started with a spectacular 30-yard strike by Obertan which had Ricardo scrambling to his left. The second half was entertaining with Wednesday doing most of the attacking and then United counter-attacking. Wednesday then equalised in the 82nd minute through Nuno Gomes after rounding the kepper he slotted it into the net. They then equalised with 3 minutes left through Kuzmichev who lashed home after an excellent solo run. In the press conference Rice had this to say; "It was a mature performance until the last 10 minutes. We conrolled the game and this is encouraging and i'm sure we can continue our good form into the future." Rice then launched an apparent attack on newly appointed Wolves manager after being asked if Wolves will be able to stand in the way of their rise to the top; "Look they're an ageing team and they aren't guna suddenly have a new lease of life in the next few weeks...unless of course i was in charge. Im not in charge so i believe we will be meeting them in the Division 2 next year as they are cert's for relegation." Rice is also extremely dissapointed in missing out on highly rated youngsters Dani Pacheco and Gael Kakuta; "Yea we put our bids in but to no avail as we do not currently have the funds of a West Brom at the minute as we have recently invested alot of money. It is unfortunate that we missed out but i can see us capturing a few starlets in the future."
  4. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip MAJOR COUP FOR LEEDS! Leeds have announced the shock deal of the season in capturing Hugo Lloris from West Brom! The 22 year old keeper is one of the most highly rated shot stoppers in the business. The deal included young defender Michael Mancienne and ill-discplined striker Guilherme going in the opposite direction. Rice had this to say; "Yea this is easily the shock deal of the season for everybody involved in English football. But if you look deeper it is not that much of a mystery. We are clearly a team that is heading to the 1st division sooner rather than later. He is also a young player so he has time on his side and he was prepared to drop down a few divisions for the sake of joining a soon-to-be major team. He has also joined a team with an array of French youngsters. In the senior squad, there are now 6 Frenchmen. And in the youth team there are two players. This was an attraction to Hugo as he said he felt home sick at West Brom and this can only help him out. I was actually very surprised that no other teams had made an offer when he went on sale but we were lucky enough to be in a board meeting at the team when we were told so we were straight in with the first and only bid. There were rumours that Nottingham Forest were sniffing around but they must not have had the finances to make a bid." When quizzed about Milhomen Guilherme he replied; "Well Guil was and still is the 2nd highest score in English league football this season. Hes a talented boy but his attidude wasnt up to it. After my press conference on Monday he we actually had a run-in, in which he said he was bigger than this club, after that there was no staying here. This is not the same with Michael though as he is an excellent pro. Honestly, he was so comitted to his training and matches here, so i was sorry to see him go. But he will go far in his career, and i would not be surprised to see him back here in the future."
  5. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip TREBLE HOPES ENDED JUST AS THEY BEGIN! Leeds Uniteds managers' cocky words have appeared to put a curse on them. After saying he thinks his team could win the title his team then went out and were beat by Burnley. After saying he would play a full-strength side he largely did apart from in defence where he did not start defensive leader Joris Mathijsen, with Mobido Diakite filling in. Burnley won thanks to goals from Steven Fletcher(63), and Kyle Lafferty(89). But they were helped along the way by Milhomen Guilherme. The Leeds' striker was sent off in the 50th minute for a completely reckless and dangerous challenge. Guilherme had an awful game from the start when he let a pass go under his foot until he missed an open goal and then when he was eventually sent off. Centre-forward Hoarau then had to be taken off due to fatigue as he was playig his 4th game in a week. This left the Leeds team without a vocal point in attack and this allowed the full-backs of Burnley to push forward. When the first game goal it was inevitable, and the second killed the game off. Rice said; "Well, this was a wake-up call. We were in complete control of the game. Then Guil had that sending off incident, it looked like we would be on the back, but we continued on and dominated the shot statistics. We had 56% possession to their 44% possession, we had 20 shots with 12 on target wheras they only had 9 shots with 4 on target. We did control the game and the statistics dont lie." When asked about his Brazilian strikers discipline he said; "Im guna have a word with him, i kept him and Michael here on the basis that they went by my regime and so far Michael has done but Guil hasnt, and if he thinks he can get away with this he is mistaken." Could he be on his way out?[/CENTER]
  6. What will Milhomem Guilherme of CSKA Moskva rise to in the next rating changes? (89 at the minute) Thanks in Advance
  7. What will Milhomem Guilherme of CSKA Moskva rise to in the next rating changes? (89 at the minute) Thanks in Advance:)
  8. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip 5 IN A ROW! Leeds took their competitive streak under Rice to 5 competitives, 5 wins. On Saturday they came up against an Oldham Athletic who were in the playoff position of 6th. The Oldham players were up for this match on their own patch, aiming to put one over divisions best footballing team and were well equipped to cause a shock especially with former Gunner Pascal Cygan leading their defence. FIRST HALF: It was evident from the start that the Oldham players were up for it as they struck in the 2nd minute through Kieran Lee. The United players were not shaken though and replied through young Italian, Alberto Paloschi, who scored an opportunistic goal. Diego Costa then hits the bar with a superb shot but the rebound is smothered in by the Oldham keeper. Leeds then take the lead with a huge slice of luck. Diego Costa plays a delightful through ball past Pascal Cygan, Obertan runs onto the pass but heseitates as the keeper advances, this allows Cygan back but sensing that the opportunity may be lost Obertan tries a speculative chip. It was a tame effort but somehow ends up in the back of the net as the Oldham keeper fumbles it over the line. SECOND HALF: The second half then begins with a yellow card for Hoarau. The Frenchman pushed Belenguer in the chest. The 25 year old was lucky this wasnt in the higher divsions as this surely would have recieved a yellow card. In the 49th minute the ball is worked out to the right flank where it is whipped in by Diego Costa. Neil Eardley then heads then ball into the back of his own net giving Leeds a 3-1 lead. Just a minute later the outstanding Costa underlines his value for the team by making an inch perfect tackle to prevent an Oldham counter-attack. Leeds finish the game off in the 84th minute as they get their fourth through Armand Traore. The former Arsenal man will struggle to score an easier goal as he capitalised on a weak backpass. MAN OF THE MATCH: Diego Costa was absouletly terrific in the heart of the midfield. The Brazilian normally plays as a striker but was tried in midfield but to great effect. This was underlined with his 2 assists. 9/10 Rice said of the result; "It was a tremendous battling performance. Some may say that our goals were lucky but we pressurised them into making those costly errors, and at the minute we are playing like a Premiership team, as we are making the opposition team pay for their mistakes. We have an important League Cup match on Monday night and i will be puting out a strong team." When he was asked why he was putting out a strong team he replied; "I think we can win the treble, simple as" In other news Rice has moved Steven N'Zonzi, Jordan Henderson and Kyle Walker up to the senior squad; "Yea the boys have been doing extremely well in the youth team training and i decided too give them a run in the senior team and so far their efforts in training have been first class." When asked how he feels they will fit in he answered; "Well Steven N'Zonzi is destined for the big time. This guy is going to be such a vital player for us over the next few years. He sits in front of the back four which is very important in the 3-5-2 formation. I was advised my some critics to bring in a defensive mid but i knew i had no need when i seen Stevie play. He is a leader on the pitch. At the minute he would not be as vocal as Andy Reid but im trying to instil that in him but at the minute we have a terrific captain and leader in Andy." Future Captain?
  9. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip Leeds have beaten Bristol Rovers in the first round of the cup tonight. They won 3-0 thanks to goals from Franco Zuculini, Paloschi and Rannochia. This has helped Leeds move onto the next round of the cup where they will play big guns Everton. In other news, Rice has offered a handshake to Forest manager Johnson. This comes after Johnsons personal attack on Rice. Rice said; "I would like to offer a handshake to Forest manager Rice. I know we disagree on the majority of things, but i would like to end this war of words now. This does not mean that i do not believe in what i have said, as i still do. But i think we should just end this with mutual repect?"
  10. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip im not your mate:)
  11. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip GREATEST WEEK IN LEEDS UNITED HISTORY? Leeds manager, Rice, has made an astonishing statement by saying that;"in years to come this will be viewed as one of the greatest weeks in Leeds United Football Clubs history." When Rice was asked why he believed this he said; "Well firstly my appointment will change this club for the better. I believe that i can take this Leeds club and pull it up through the divisions and then once at the top we will reap the rewards of appointing me as manager. Then i will show those mediocre managers such as Johnson for what they really are...MEDIOCRE. We then had a complete clear out of the squad with only Milhomeme Guilherme and Micheal Mancienne the players lucky enough to be kept here. In the process we have acquired some fantistically talented players such as; Soutris Ninis, Franco Zuculini, Hoarau and i could basically name all the players in my first team squad as they will become the core of the side that will, along with my help, pull this side back up to its rightful position in English football, which is the top. We also had 3 brilliant results. We started off by beating Tranmere Rovers 7-1, this was followed up by the 4-1 win over Blackpool on Saturday. Then we had a behind closed doors friendly with Divsion 1 leaders and current champions Mancester United. We drew 2-2 with a tram that included players like Rooney and Ronaldo who were playing at their best but my defence limited them to 2 goals before the attack did the damage with 2 goals against what was a starting team." In transfer news Rice has signed up several players in the last few days. The pick of the players signed includes; young Greek starlet Soitris Ninis, Armand Traore, Kieran Gibbs, Franco Zuculini, Joe Lewis and Leanordo Bonucci. This has added depth to a young squad. It also means that there is sufficient cover for the midfield positions which may become strained after Stewart Downing picked up a ligament injury. Rice has added Ninis, Zuculini and Gibbs who bring skill, pace and tenacity but most importantly he has added quailty to the squad.
  12. Re: EC 4761- The challenge to prove you are the best! Transfer/Gossip Thread Im nominating Kostas Mitroglu and Steven Leslie for team of the week, both got a goal against Sean Fitzpatricks Bradford. both got rating of 8.
  13. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip Wow Ashh your reading through the lines skills are incredible:eek: Thanks for the insight, god i woulda been screwed:( Thanks Captain Retardio:)
  14. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=55778 There'll you see where i based my comments on 'Ashh';) Now try not to write again without knowing the facts;)
  15. Re: EC694 Transfer Rumours, Match Reports & Gossip Rice replies by saying; "In my opinion there is only one way t sort this youth debate. Obviously I know im the btter the manager but wouldnt a youth tournament finally settle this. I leave that for Johnson and his pals to mull over." So does this mean there is a youth cup on the cards?
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